NIV Waivers & Processing Times

If you have been found ineligible to receive a nonimmigrant visa under U.S. immigration law and have been advised that a request for a waiver of ineligibility is being submitted on your behalf, you can expect your application to take at least six months from the date of the visa interview; in some cases it can take up to eight months.

 We cannot provide a specific timeline for your case, and there is no way for you to check on the progress of an application being processed by the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit at the Embassy in Dublin.  As soon as the Nonimmigrant VIsa Unit is able to take further action in your case, you will be contacted by email through the Visa Appointment Service website at the email address provided when scheduling the visa interview.

Non Immigrant Waiver requests are currently taking in excess of 180 days for processing. We strongly recommend that applicant’s not make non-refundable travel plan’s until a decision has been made on their application.

Please note:

  • If you were asked to submit additional documents, workload constraints can prevent us from providing acknowledgements of receipt.
  • It is your responsibility to check the email address you provided on your Visa Appointment Service account, including any junk or spam folders, for any updates.  If your email address changes, please ensure that you update it via
  • The timelines quoted here should be used only as a guide.  We do advise that applicants should not make final travel plans until their visa application has been fully processed and the visa issued and received. Applicant’s are strongly encouraged to apply well in advance of any proposed travel.
  • As advised, you will be contacted as soon as the review of your application is completed.  We will not be able to respond to further status inquiries.

All U.S. Missions adhere to the same rules and regulations under U.S. laws.  There is no special waiver program employed at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the world.  Neither the Ambassador nor the consular officer can waive an ineligibility without approval from the Department of Homeland Security.  All visa applications, regardless of origin, are reviewed individually in accordance with the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and other relevant laws that establish standards for determining eligibility for visas and admission to the United States.